Friday, November 16, 2012

Team Foundation Services is released

Last week Microsoft announced the release of Team Foundation Service. The new url for the service is http://tfs.visualstudio.com.  Read more about it on the service web site here: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/home/news/.

I got a lot of questions about the pricing strategy for this product. Microsoft revealed some information about their pricing strategy but for the complete information about paid plans and services, you’ll have to wait until 2013.

At the moment Team Foundation Service includes a free usage plan with a robust set of features that make it quick and easy for individuals and lean teams to get started with this application lifecycle management (ALM) platform. The free plan includes support for up to 5 users, an unlimited number of projects, version control, work item tracking, agile planning tools, feedback management, and build (the last of which is still in preview).

In addition, MSDN subscribers at the Visual Studio Test Pro with MSDN, Visual Studio Premium with MSDN, and Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN levels will have use of the service included as a subscription benefit. For the time being, anyone can sign up and use the service for free.

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